Energy Efficient Homes
        The ideal energy efficient building retains the best environment for living while minimizing the consumption and waste of energy. © Crook 2006                The biggest source of clean cheap energy is energy not used. R. Muller, Foreign Policy, Nov 2008                If you don’t understand energy efficient technology it’s probably because it’s based on principles of thermodynamics, physics, and rocket science. © Crook 2010                When you install an alternative energy system without first reducing your building’s demand for energy you ‘re still wasting energy and foregoing comfort--You've put the cart before the horse. © Crook 2011                An energy efficient building is always "Green" but a green buildings isn't always energy efficient. © Crook 2009                "For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction", Sir Isaac Newton's "Action-Reaction Law", 1687                The transfer of heat between objects can never be stopped: it can only be slowed down. © Crook 2008                It's always easier to get into something than it is to get out.                Clean coal refers to coal with less particulants/pollutants. Clean coal when burned, unless SEQUESTRATED spews CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) into the atmosphere causing pollution. What does "clean coal" and "pork the other white meat have in common? Both are half-truths and both have the propensity to make you sick.        

When buying a new home make sure it’s energy efficient


Posted 06/04/2011 by Siti Crook

Do you hope to buy a new home someday, or move into your dream home next?  If you do I strongly urge you to thoroughly investigate the energy demand of the house you’re planning to buy before signing on the dotted line. If you’re already the type of person that researches a product before purchasing it, the same diligence should be conducted when purchasing a home, new or existing. Otherwise, chances are you could purchase someone’s “lip stick job”—fancy countertops, elaborate floor covering, etc.  only to find that once you’ve moved in  there’s no substance to your home’s structure. For example, the heat outside can conduct (penetrate) through the walls into your […]

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Building Practices


Posted 05/23/2011 by Siti Crook

Resolving building problems created during construction, so that you will feel comfortable in your home and work environment is not a “one size fits” all process. Every structure has its unique problems, because no two buildings are exactly the same even if the building plans are. Construction is a process performed by human beings, and not everyone has the same priorities.  A builder may want to construction a sustainable building with energy efficient technology so that buyers feel comfortable in their environment, but the people performing the actual work may not care. For example, It’s not the type of work many people enjoy doing and yet it is probably one of the […]

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What does energy efficiency and nature have in common? Balance.


Posted 05/10/2011 by Siti Crook

For example jewel weed is a natural antidote for poison ivy, and it is usually found growing nearby poison ivy. The summer solstice, recognized for being the day with the longest amount of sunlight hours eventually yields to the winter solstice, recognized for being the day with the shortest amount of sunlight hours. The summer season is a time of rebirth and growth while the winter season is a time for hibernation and rejuvenation. There are endless examples of nature’s balance and my focus in this article is about feeling comfort from the balance inside an energy efficient building.  When you stand inside an energy efficient building you can’t help but notice that […]

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ROI and Energy Saving Building Envelope Improvements


Posted 05/04/2011 by Siti Crook

Before you hire someone to mow your lawn, or cut the grass yourself, do you calculate the return on your investment (ROI)?  Cutting the grass requires human labor, equipment and money and no sooner is the task completed than it’s time to do it again. A return on this investment is seldom if ever realized, unless you own a golf course, and yet week after week, year after year Americans mow their lawns. Why do people that own buildings and homes that waste energy unnecessarily and who suffer with high heating and cooling bills want to know the ROI for energy saving building improvements?  What’s wrong with this picture? How have some people’s priorities gotten so […]

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